In 2016 Rex D’Aquino commissioned the Patrono Series to commemorate the 70th year of his family’s involvement in the wine industry of Orange.

In 1946 in a tin shed, his grandfather Carmelo D’Aquino, commenced the first winemaking operation in the area, producing six barrels of wine. Three generations later the D’Aquino family are still producing some of the finest wines from the Orange region.

Rex has released two Super Premium wines from the cool climate region of Orange in NSW under THE PATRONO SERIES

2015 Highland Heritage PATRONO Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Highland Heritage PATRONO Shiraz

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We have received some fantastic reviews and feedback from these world class wines


Huon Hooke – 4th April 2017

2015 The Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 

93 Points
Ranked #4 of 58  2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Deepish red colour with a tint of purple, smelling fresh and young and slightly herbal, with some earthy plummy and blackberry notes. The wine is full-bodied and very firm in tannins. It’s a young and slightly straightforward wine that will evolve further. The violet notes are intense and strong on both nose and palate. It has the makings of a superb wine in a couple of years.

The Tony Keys Report

Highland Heritage ‘Orange Region’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015:   95 Points
Pure blackcurrant on the nose and very slender on the palate it’s a wine that needs attention, don’t give it and the beauty could be missed. Its elegant and demands concentration 95 points pushing price at $55, as I think it needs to garner some reputation first but I admire the boldness of, ‘going for it’

Highland Heritage Orange Region Shiraz 2015:  95 Points
Light on the nose and on entry, it sits very pert at the front of the palate but increases in intensity as it glides across the palate like a slender body swathed in silk 95 points and worth a try at $55”

The Wine Reviewer 

2015 Highland Heritage Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon   92 Points
This wine was released to celebrate 70 years of winemaking of Highland Heritage in the Orange wine region, this is an ultra cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon with the fruit coming from the Borenore region of Orange at an elevation of 830 metres. A light red in the glass the holds true to its cool climate roots, the nose is elegant, refined and aromatic with lifted blackberry, tobacco and wood smoke. The palate gives a pristine array of dark berry fruits etched with gentle spice, an earthen aspect and flowing acidity. The finish is has cassis with lingering tobacco and black olive.
This has the elegance to cellar for a considerable period.

When to Drink  Optimal Drinking  2017 – 2030    Date Reviewed    04 10, 2017

Please see some links to some other great reviews and write ups on the Patrono Range of Wines

Visit Vineyards

Vines on the Vine  – Patron Series Celebrates 70 Years – 4 May 2017

Newcastle Herald – From Shed to Winemaking Powerhouse – 3 May 2017

The Wine Smith – Patrono Cabernet April 2017

The Wine Smith- Patrono Shiraz May 15th 2017